[Marxism] Mugabe firebombs MDC'ers

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 19 07:21:51 MDT 2008


Zimbabwe elections: Four activists killed in firebomb, says opposition

     * Matthew Weaver and agencies
     * guardian.co.uk,
     * Thursday June 19 2008

Movement for Democratic Change says four supporters died near Harare as 
violence continues ahead of presidential elections

Four opposition activists in Zimbabwe were burned to death last night 
after the house they were in was firebombed as violence continued ahead 
of next week's presidential elections.

The bodies of the four Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters 
were in found in the burnt-out home near Harare, their party said.

The discovery was made eight days before an election run-off between the 
president, Robert Mugabe, and the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Opposition spokesman Nqobizitha Mlilo said militants linked to Mugabe's 
party were seen in the area before the attack on the home of one of the 
dead activists.

Mugabe and his security officials have been accused of unleashing 
widespread violence to ensure victory at the polls.

Yesterday, the Guardian detailed how the election campaign had turned 
into a full-blown military strategy of abductions and murders of MDC 
activists and supporters.

"Now it's about 70 we've lost," MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told AFP.

The Times reported today that family members of opposition leaders were 
being targeted. It reported that in the last week the wives of three MDC 
officials had been murdered.

The trial of the MDC's secretary general, Tendai Biti, is expected to 
resume later today. He faces the death penalty if convicted of treason.
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